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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Flu Season Has Arrived

Flu shot

Residents who may be at an increased risk for influenza related complications include:

  • Persons aged 65 and older, with and without chronic health conditions
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • Persons aged two to 64 with chronic health conditions
  • Children aged six months or older who attend child care or school
  • Pregnant women
  • Health-care personnel who provide direct patient care
  • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children under six months

Influenza vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, as well as missed work and school, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The flu vaccine has been shown to be life-saving for children by significantly reducing the risk of dying from the flu.

The flu vaccine can be found at a variety of places throughout the community. Please visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ for a list of locations that offer the influenza vaccination. The Summit Board of Health is offering flu vaccinations for residents who are homebound, under- insured or non-insured. For more information, contact the Westfield Health Department at 908-789-4070.


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